Volunteering Opportunities

Would you like to gain valuable experience by becoming a volunteer and becoming involved in projects designed to help people get back into work and helping to make a more pleasant, secure and useable environment?

We are looking for volunteers to become involved with a wide range of projects that are being delivered by Upturn, its partners and stakeholders. They include office based volunteering opportunities and projects involving property and estates improvement.

Help shape you own volunteering experience – we are also keen to learn from you, about the kind of volunteering experience you would like, or what particular skills you have that you would like to contribute.

Areas of interest could include:

Outside – Gardening, Landscaping, Painting, Waste Management, Property Management

Inside – Office duties, IT, Carer, Nursing, Catering, Hairdressing, Accommodation, Leisure

Volunteers are managed by experienced managers and project staff to ensure that the experience is both fulfilling and rewarding for the volunteer and that it makes a positive contribution to the communities that we serve.

We need volunteers in a number of locations and you may have skills, interests and experience that can really make a difference.

We are aware that there you will have a number of questions that you may want to ask in order to help you decide if you would like to become a volunteer. We hope that you find the following volunteer guide useful:

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Upturn Volunteer. You are assured that should you decide to volunteer with us we will do the best we can to make your volunteer experience with us enjoyable and rewarding.

The Benefits of Volunteering

There are many reasons why people may want to volunteer, here are just a few. It:

  • Offers a chance to make a real difference to someone’s life
  • Contributes towards building a caring society of active citizens
  • Helps tackle social exclusion
  • Opens up a network of people and experiences
  • Can help improve skills and personal development
  • Enhances employability – a volunteering record can strengthen a CV
  • Can help shape career choices
  • Opens up a whole range of new opportunities
  • Has an impact on the wider economy
  • Means you can be proud to put something back

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Frequently asked questions:

What kinds of volunteering opportunities are available?

There are a wide range of opportunities available for Volunteers ranging from office duties, IT and catering through to gardening, painting and estates maintenance.

Can I decide what kind of volunteering I would like to do?

Yes you can. We would be delighted to hear about particular skills you would like to develop or professions in which you would like to gain volunteering experience. We will do our level best to find you the right experience.

Where are the volunteering opportunities?

They are in a number of locations in Greater Manchester, the Northwest and beyond. We always take account of where you live and how to get to and from your volunteer post.

What will Upturn do to help me become a volunteer?

We will find a volunteering role that you would like and then we will provide you with an introduction to the work of Upturn, our staff, and your new volunteering role.

Will you provide training?

We will provide the necessary training and/or guidance you will need to meet the responsibilities of your volunteering role.

Will you provide me with regular supervision and support?

It is important to us that you are provided with adequate supervision and support. We will:
Ensure that UEL’s and your expectations are clear and understood
Explain the standards we expect for our services and encourage and support you to achieve and maintain them.
Provide a named person who will meet with you regularly to discuss your volunteering
Do our best to help you develop your volunteering role with us
Provide you with references/CV support if required

Will I be paid expenses?

With prior agreement we will reimburse expenses incurred that are supported with proof of purchase. These include, reasonable travel expenses from your home to your place of volunteering and other reasonable expenses that we will agree in advance.

What about my Health & Safety?

We will ensure that you receive necessary training and feedback with regard to your health and safety in your role as a volunteer. It is likely to include, Risk Assessment if appropriate, Fire Safety procedures, Accident Reporting, Hygiene, Use of equipment and Smoking.

Will I be insured?

UEL provides adequate insurance cover for volunteers whilst carrying out their volunteering roles which have been approved and authorised by us.

Do you have an equal opportunities policy?

Upturn will ensure that all volunteers are treated fairly and in line with our Equal Opportunities policy

What happens if there are problems?

You are assured that we will try to fairly resolve any problems, complaints and issues that you might have whilst volunteering with us.

What is expected of the Volunteer?

Whilst volunteering for Upturn we expect you to:
Help us fulfil our duties to deliver our services and that you perform your volunteering role to the best of your ability.
Follow Upturn’s procedures and standards, in relation to staff, volunteers and customers.
Maintain the confidential information of the Upturn and of its customers.
Meet the time commitments and standards which have been mutually agreed to and to give reasonable notice so other arrangements can be made when this is not possible.

Will references be required?

Yes. You will be asked to provide referees.

Will a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Check be required?

Where necessary you will be asked to agree to a CRB check being carried out.

Will you provide a written agreement?

Yes. We will provide a Volunteer Agreement that describes the arrangement between UEL and you. This tells you what we will do, and what we hope you will do.

Please note it is not a contract of employment and can be terminated by either you or us without prior notice.

Is there a legal agreement?

The agreement we will make with you is binding in honour only, and is not intended to be a legally binding contract between parties and may be cancelled at any time at the discretion by UEL or you, the volunteer.

Neither party (UEL or the volunteer) intend or infer any employment relationship to be created either now or at any time in the future.

What do I do next?

Please complete the email Upturn Volunteering or just give us a call on 0161 550 9000.

We would be delighted to hear from you.